Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Christadelphian Ecclesia Chapel, Oddfellows Hall (Demolished), Bristol
Christadelphian Ecclesia Chapel, Oddfellows Hall (Demolished),
Rupert Street / Narrow Lewins Mead,
Bristol, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel did NOT have a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded before 1902, and it has since been demolished, but we don't know when.

John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), tells us that the Oddfellows' Hall, in Rupert Street, was begun in the summer of 1871, and opened in the following January. "In February, 1873, the local Foresters, with a similar purpose in view, purchased a house in Broadmead known as the Alhambra Music Hall". Unfortunately, the latter continued to be used for public entertainment, and as a consequence it was destroyed by fire in June 1874 after an evening concert.

Oddfellows' Hall was more fortunate. The "Christadelphian Ecclesia Chapel" is recorded in the street directory portion of Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 as meeting here.

The Hall is also known to have been one of the meeting places of the Swedenborgians - followers of Emmanuel Swedenborg - prior to their first permanent Church opening in Terrell Street, in 1878.

It was situated between Rupert Street and what is now Colston Avenue, then known as Narrow Lewins Mead, leading into Lewins Mead itself; however Old Maps indicate it has been demolished for many years, perhaps in the 1950s.


Now or formerly Christadelphian.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Chapel was located at OS grid reference ST5866773221. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 24 Jun 2014 at 12:18.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 14:32:03 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:13.

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